A clinical instructor and department head at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, Dr. Thomas Diekwisch has received academic appointments in the disciplines of bioengineering, anatomy, cell biology, orthodontics, and periodontics. He also serves as an honorary professor at Jilin University in Changchun, China. An accomplished researcher, Diekwisch has made great strides in the field of periodontal ligament regeneration.
Through targeted and controlled tissue engineering, Dr. Diekwisch and his team of tissue engineers and molecular biologists have succeeded in achieving complete periodontal ligament regeneration using progenitive stem cells and ECM-based scaffold materials. Restoring periodontal health is key for the sound attachment of teeth and for a healthy smile.
Using state-of-the-art stem cell technologies, periodontal ligament regeneration holds tremendous promise for reconstructive dentists in their continuing effort to treat and rebuild damaged periodontia. The ultimate goal of emerging periodontal therapies is to completely reconstruct and repair any supporting periodontal tissue that was lost as a result of infection or disease.